Fire at Monterey Pet Boarding Facility Kills 14 Dogs

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Authorities say 14 dogs died in a fire at a Central California boarding facility that cares for pets while their owners are away on vacation.

Inspector Mike Ventimiglia of the Monterey Fire Department said Monday that it appears the dogs died of smoke inhalation. He says a cause for the Sunday afternoon blaze at Home Away from Home pet spa remains under investigation.

One dog survived the fire along with six cats and a tarantula.

He says the business owner had left the building to pick up two more dogs when the fire started.

Ventimiglia says the fire was emotionally devastating to pet owners.

The owner of the business was on immediately available for comment Monday.

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